Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Whatever happened to that guy?

Fernando Tatis has signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers, who must still remember the total humiliation he visited on them in a game eight years ago.

This guy is a prime "flash in the pan" kind of player. It's also somewhat amazing the steroid hysterics have not seized on the 1999 season (34 HRs, 109 RBIs) as an example of a guy "who must have been dosing," particularly seeing as he played on the same team as McGwire.

What's certain is that he was completely non-descript except for that one year and especially that one day. He managed to hit two grand slams in the 3rd inning of a game at Chavez Latrine, both off Chan Ho Park. It's astounding to think that Davey Johnson decided that Park should be in a position to give up a 2nd slam to the same guy. Here's how the inning went --

-- D Bragg Single to RF
-- E Renteria Hit By Pitch; Bragg to 2B
-- M McGwire Single to RF (Line Drive to Deep 2B-1B); Bragg to 3B; Renteria to 2B
-- F Tatis Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Bragg Scores; Renteria Scores; McGwire Scores
-- J Drew Groundout: 1B-P (1B)
-- E Marrero Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line)
-- Placido Polanco pinch hits for David Howard batting 7th
-- P Polanco Walk
-- J McEwing Walk; Polanco to 2B
-- J Jimenez Fielder's Choice /Sacrifice Bunt; Polanco to 3B; McEwing to 2B; Jimenez to 1B
-- D Bragg Reached on E3 (throw) (Ground Ball to Weak 2B-1B); Polanco Scores/No RBI; McEwing to 3B; Jimenez to 2B
-- E Renteria Single to RF (Line Drive to Short RF Line); McEwing Scores/unER; Jimenez to 3B; Bragg to 2B
-- M McGwire Flyball: RF
-- F Tatis Home Run (Fly Ball); Jimenez Scores/unER; Bragg Scores/unER; Renteria Scores/unER; Tatis Scores/unER
Carlos Perez replaces Chan Ho Park pitching and batting 9th
-- J Drew Foul Popfly: 3B (3B-C Foul)

Here's hoping that Tatis keeps on creating misery and suffering for the Dodgers by doing something like making Jason Schmidt break his arm during spring training.


Anonymous Boof said...

The real beauty of that inning was that toad JD Drew made 2 of the 3 outs when everyone else was acting like it was batting practice. Classic.

1:53 PM  

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